There are literally billions upon billions of bands in the world right now and you can add one more to that list because Syzslak, Windsor’s newest emo alternative rock band, are officially a group you need to know about. Their first show was barely two months ago and since then they’ve played a handful of gigs across the city and put out two songs online in anticipation of their upcoming EP. The four of them sat down with Lance multimedia editor Joey Acott at Villains Beastro to talk about their new project because they are totally a real band now. Like, totally.
Joey Acott: How would describe your band to someone who’s never heard of you guys?
Eddie Phouth: A lot of people have been telling us we’ve got a unique 90s sound but sound like a now era [band]. I don’t know, that’s what people tell me. I just riff out.
Jessie Fellows: I’d say we’re a low-fi 90s sounding band; at least our recordings make us sound that way.
JA: You guys are named Syzslak, which is a Simpsons’ reference. Moe Szyslak is a very beautiful bartender in Springfield, so why did you choose that?
Devan Power: We bounced around a few names, a few that grossed Jesse out. Sweat was one of them, what was the other?
EP: Rubber! Hah!
DP: We thought about combining the two, but then decided on Syzslak which kind of fit. We all like the Simpsons.
JA: Punk and The Simpsons seem to go together really well, why do you think that is?
DP: Everyone likes The Simpsons like how everyone likes pizza. Punks like pizza, punks like The Simpsons.
JF: I think The Simpsons are really good at pointing out society’s foibles and so is punk in a pretty big way.
JA: How long have you guys been playing together?
EP: About nine or 10 months now.
JA: Why start a band in Windsor? I’ve heard people discredit our scene and say it’s not even worth trying to get something going here.
EP: I think Windsor is unique, it has a lot of amazing bands and there’s not enough limelight shined on this place. So why not try and do something about it, as cheesy as that sounds.
JA: You guys have a record coming out soon, do you know when it’ll be done?
EP: We really like to take our time with things, which is why we have such a short set, we only have five songs. But hopefully soon it’ll come out. We have three songs recorded and one more to do with vocals and then hopefully we can put it out so everyone can have it for free. Jesse is the one recording us actually.
JF: It’s working out really well I think. I’m not using much, just a like an eight-track thing and mics laying around our jam space. We can go late into the night which is good cause it usually takes a while, but it’s going cool so far.